“Travels to a Different Time” : August 1970 More Skiros: No More Mackerel Sandwiches Please!

August 1, 1970: Up at 8 a.m. to take the bus to a new beach. On the way to the bus stop we bought some canned mackerel and sardines and bread. We were on the bus at 9 and at the beach at 10 and we had to walk through a forested area of pine trees. This forest contrasted with the barren nature of many Greek islands we have visited. When we arrived at the beach we had a late breakfast of sardine sandwiches but too many wasps spoiled our breakfast. At 2 it was so hot we took refuge in an abandoned schoolhouse with some Greek families looking for relief from the heat. We had mackerel sandwiches for lunch and at 3 the bus horn summoned us for our return trip. Upon returning to our grape arbour we sat on our cots and read and had a nap and at 7:45 we started our trip into town. We had goat stew and eggplants in tomato sauce. We played cards after dinner until 9 and headed back to bed.

August 3, 1970: Up at 7:30 today and I went to the bakery to buy some bread and yet more mackerel sandwiches. UGH! For breakfast!

August 5, 1970: It was our last day on Skiros and went to the beach for a morning swim. Before returning home we bought our lunch of cheese, mackerel (yet again), bread, pastries and the almighty tomato (UGH!). We packed up and paid the lurking Mrs. Piitsa $7 for our seven day stay and she mumbled something which did not sound like a thank you. We squeezed on the bus to Linaria pushed in by some energetic old ladies. We arrived on Skopelos on the ship Miaoulis at 6:15 p.m. and were taken ashore in a private launch for 15 cents a person.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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